Pakistan celebrated captain Babar Azam’s 100th global coordinate in the briefest organization with a clinical 88-run win in the first Twenty20 against New Zealand in Lahore on Friday.
Azam failed to score with just nine runs, but Fakhar Zaman and Saim Ayub combined for 79 runs for the third wicket to bring Pakistan’s total to 182 runs out in 19.5 overs.
As New Zealand reached 94 all-out in 15.3 overs, fast bowler Haris Rauf, one of five players who returned after being rested in Pakistan’s last series against Afghanistan, posted career-best figures of 4-18.
Left-arm spinner Imad Wasim got done with 2-2 in his just finished – – taking the two his wickets off progressive conveyances.
Mark Chapman top-scored with 27-ball 34 comprehensive of four limits and a six while captain Tom Latham made 24-ball 20.